Author: Katie Burden

The Geologists’ Association’s 2016 annual conference will be held on the Jurassic Coast. Celebrating 15 years since the inscription of the World Heritage Site the conference will review and explore current geological research on the Jurassic Coast. Triassic, Jurassic, Cretaceous, Quaternary and geomorphological interests will all be catered for as we bring together the diverse geology that has created England’s only natural World Heritage Site.

Chesil Beach view from Portland

Sunset over Chesil Beach and the West Dorset Coast from the Isle of Portland

Pulpit Rock on the Isle of Portland

Pulpit Rock on the Isle of Portland. Photo: Ben Osborne.

Steve Etches

Steve Etches

The conference will also share the innovative approaches to linking geoscience, heritage and people that have been developed by the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Team. This will include the educational, volunteering, interpretation and arts programmes that have brought the communities and visitors of the Jurassic Coast closer to their geological heritage.

To find our more details go to the GA website.

On day 1 conference speakers include Professor Mike Benton (University of Bristol), Dr David Martill (University of Portsmouth), Professor Malcolm Hart (Plymouth University) and Professor Rory Mortimore (Chalkrock). Tim Badman (International Union for the Conservation of Nature) and Professor Denys Brunsden will bring a wider World Heritage perspective to the meeting.

On day 2 field visits will provide the opportunity to see the spectacular Kimmeridgian Etches Collection in its new home ‘The Museum of Jurassic Marine Life’ and recently conserved dinosaur footprints on the on the Isle of Purbeck.

To make a booking please email: or book online.

The conference will be organised and supported by the Geologists’ Association, Jurassic Coast World Heritage Team, Natural England and the Dorset Geologists’ Association Group, and is sponsored by Elsevier.

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